The postseason has many twists and turns. When you’re behind the eight-ball, you don’t want to miscue another defeat. Being back in front of the home fans, you got to pocket this victory.
Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers (44-38) and 8th place in Eastern Conference Play are 0-1 thus far in the postseason play-in. The Cavs have suffered a 115-108 loss at the Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets (44-38) back on April 22nd, 2022.
In essence, Darius Garland stepped up for the Cavs with 34 points, while Evan Mobley had 19 and Kevin Love netted a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Moreover, the big four of the Brooklyn Nets had all the answers, including their two leading double-double superstars: Kyrie Irving 34 points, 12 assists, Kevin Durant 25 points and 11 assists, Bruce Brown 18 points and Andre Drummond with 16.
Will this loss snowball?
Darius Garland, Cedi Osman, Evan Mobley, Kevin Love, Moses Brown, Lauri Markkanean, Isaac Okoro and Brandon Goodwin need to all respond well by distributing the basketball, keeping the time of possession under control and not forcing themselves into personal foul trouble. Cleveland has to play consistent minutes in order to rebound from their past defeat.
Can the Cavaliers stay in the hunt and survive the next round of play?
● Well, Cleveland needs to improve their downtown game and make better shot choices as they were 9-26 in their previous matchup.
● The Cavaliers were strong from the glass putting up a 40 mark and being 85 percent from the free-throw line at 17-20.
● The transitional game needs to carry over for the Cavaliers to fly past their next opponent.
Who is the Cavs’ next challenger?
A squad, that won three straight head-to-head meetings. In 236 regular-season meetings played overall, a series lead of 127-109, the last three bouts with three hundred point marks of 131, 124 and 121 for 376 overall. With those three winter games in the books (December 31, 2021), (February 15th, 2021) and (March 31st, 2021). Cleveland responded in the hundreds as well: 118, 116, 107 giving the home team 341 maximum points. The team revolves around Young and his name is Trae Young, so Cleveland will have to give the Atlanta Hawks (43-39).
Will the Cavs stop Trae Young?
● Young has garnered 106 points in the last three battles versus Cleveland.
● However, in the last four games going toe-to-toe with the Cavs McCollum tallied 13o points.
● Anytime when Young is on the hardwood, the offense and the defense gel well together.
● Atlanta doesn’t force ill-advised possessions and they just play unselfish basketball.
● If you leave Young open, he rarely misses a chance to tie or give the Hawks a commanding lead.
● The Cavs can’t fall behind early on.
Furthermore, there is no I in team, but Young is going to be a critical matchup for Cleveland to pay attention to. In other words, Young makes everyone better around him. Young is an MVP candidate to note in my estimation.
A Friday night 7:30 pm tip-off at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse I’m sure will have many highlights to remember for quite sometime and get the nomination to battle the No.1 seeded Miami Heat (53-29). Let’s just see how the Cavs respond to adversity and end the season of the Atlanta Hawks.
Can Cleveland do the job? Or, will the Hawks promote themselves to punch their plane tickets to Miami?
We shall see!